Living The Frugal Life + Loving It!

I grew up learning how to make every penny count and about the value of a dollar. My family went to early bird movies, museums on days that they were free, and day camps offered by the parks or school system. I was well trained to be frugal.

Finding exciting, entertaining ways to enjoy life and have fun without breaking the bank is possible. Yes, you read that right! It is about living well but not spending a lot.  And being frugal is about money well spent. It is about value and making the most with what you have.

Favorite Tips for Living A Rich Life…With Cash to Spare!

  • Volunteer: Do you have a passion for theatre, the arts, music? Volunteers are desperately needed by many groups. It might involve working an event, ushering, being a brand ambassador, or promoting an organization on social media. In exchange you can get tickets, attend sold out shows, earn merch and much more.
  • Love Your Library: Libraries provide access to many resources—lectures by authors, classes, web-based educational offerings to improve skills, passes to museums, and of course movies and reading materials to borrow/stream.
  • Buy Nothing: The Buy Nothing Project offers people a way to give and receive, share, lend, and express gratitude through a worldwide network of hyper-local gift economies in which the true wealth is the web of connections formed between people who are real-life neighbors. Join one in your community today.
  • Be Bold: Ask for a free trial, a senior discount, a non-profit rate. Just ask and you may be surprised.
  • Become a Product Tester: provides access to free samples/discounts in exchange for reviews. Many sellers on advertise on Facebook and provide free products as well.
  • Barter: Trade your skills for things or services you need. 
  • Take Advantage of Open Houses and Community Days: Many museums have free days/open houses. It is a great way to sample before buying.
  • Deals: Check the deal websites such as Groupon to try a new salon, restaurant or book a trip.

About the Author
Micki Tiffen is an independent marketing consultant at Out of The Box Consulting, her Fairfield County, Connecticut -based consulting firm. She provides strategic consulting and marketing and sales support for a wide range of clients. Trained as an anthropologist, she approaches business issues from a unique 360-degree perspective, a convergence of art and science.